GOD, OUR EVER-FIXED MARK
Is God a fixed mark on your heart, or just one of many scribblings, having been written, erased, or written over again?
"Know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.” – Deuteronomy 4:39
Is God, and what the Bible tells us about Him, laid to our hearts, with permanence and authority over all our beliefs?
The Bible tells us that before Spiritual maturity we are like children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of belief, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes (Ephesians 4:14).
Our hearts can be like a graffiti wall. Something enticing or intriguing comes along and we believe it without close inspection, spray painting its ways on the wall of our heart. It just HAS to be true. Then after a while it loses its luster and the novelty wears off, but lo, along comes a newer way of thinking or believing. This version even lets us kind of pick what we think the Bible says about things. So we pick a new color of paint and spray those fun new beliefs on the wall of our heart.
Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
There is so much false teaching going on in the world today. How easily people are swayed into thinking something is legitimate Biblical teaching, without ever so much as batting an eye.
We have false teachers out there today who are telling us things will be better for us if we can just take control of the spiritual battle by simply taking control of ourselves. We cannot do anything on our own without Christ(Romans 5:6).
There are false teachers who are telling us that God will bring prosperity, guaranteed, if we just believe in ourselves and do the right things to trigger those blessings. Blessing are a possibility, yes, but what happens when suffering comes instead? Are we not doing the right thing or is God no longer good? We do not obey God simply to get stuff, we obey out of love(John 14:15).
Some are teaching us that we just figure out what gets the results we want in our lives and throw everything else out, and this becomes the purpose the drives our lives. This is too pragmatic, we follow God’s will, nothing else. His results are always exactly what we need(Philippians 4:19).
Then there are those who offer insight into the future. They imply everything through questions, teach nothing, and use misinterpreted Scripture to take us no further than before we heard their teaching(2 Peter 3:16).
Yet, when all of these teachings are sprinkled with a few sound Scripture that, in their own Biblical context, are true we go ahead and assume the whole of their teachings are aligned with the Word of God. Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves(Matthew 7:15). Dressed like a sheep, sometimes as in one of God's flock.
This ought not to be so. We are to test everything; hold fast what is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
Even this very devotion should be scrutinized, and everything else by its author should be carefully inspected for Biblical accuracy and interpretation.
There is only one way to have God, and everything the Bible tells us about him, laid to our hearts. That is getting into His Word for yourself. Nobody can do that for you. Erase all the old graffiti and leave the Word of God as a beautiful mural of belief on the wall of your heart.
We are not to believe everything we hear. Carefully weighing and examining what people tell us. Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world (1 John 4:1).